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4.0 out of 5 stars Heed the call, 17 Dec 2012
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N. Jones "Nic The Pen" (Oxford, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Siren (Deluxe Edition) (Audio CD)
There used to be a thing called British blues `back in the day' which as it happens was a time before blues-rock had mutated into bloke rock, and knowledge of the blues in general had some depth to it. Siren weren't / aren't one of the names immediately associated with British blues, and that's a little injustice made major by the fact that the band's line-up included Kevin Coyne "one of those all too rare artists who was not remotely interested in tailoring his product to the market place" according to the booklet note for this album.

Coyne (bless his dear departed heart) was a one-off gem, and he was one of the best blues shouters to come out of these blighted isles, hence the four stars for this album which first appeared on John Peel's Dandelion label in 1969 (bless Peel's dear departed heart too, even though he had Principal Edwards Magic Theatre on the label, a band / `performance art' troupe so self-absorbed that it never made much use of Vivienne MacAuliffe's voice (bless her dear departed heart too, even though this is getting repetitive))

It's clear from this release that Siren weren't about the orthodoxies of the day despite their blues indebtedness. "Gardener Man" is one of those songs that lyrically has Coyne's imprint all over it, and its groove is almost naked in its minimalism. When the band did go in for the blues they often wrote their own, although their take on Leroy Carr's "Blues before Sunrise" -complete with the riff best known from Elmore James's "Dust My Broom"- shows how they made up for occasional tentativeness with sheer fervour. The song is one of four recorded `at Roger's' in the early months of 1969, and they make up a percentage of the bonus sessions brought together on the second disc in this set, which is the definitive reissue of a moment in time, with everything that implies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended., 7 July 2014
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Item as described. Highly recommended.
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